“The Luxury Watch Sale” Fellows November Auction: Tempting Offers Spanning All Price Ranges
by Martin Green
While it is always interesting to see what the rarest of watches do at auctions, scant few can afford such bidding wars. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the only other option is eBay, as Fellows highlights with its Luxury Watch Sale. This auction name is well chosen because the auction includes watches from a few hundred to tens of thousands of pounds, and the 213 lots cover a large spread of prices. Here are six watches that caught my attention;
Ebel is, in my opinion, currently one of the most underestimated brands. You also see that in this 1911 Perpetual Calendar with an estimate of 4.500 – 6.500 Pounds. The 1911 is the brand’s flagship collection, and this is the most complex version they made.
It combines a perpetual calendar with a chronograph in a charismatic pink gold case. The 1911 is nicely proportioned with a 42mm diameter, and its appearance is sporty chic and surprisingly timeless. What makes this Ebel even more desirable is the movement, a Zenith El Primero caliber on which they added a perpetual calendar module. This Ebel is fitted with the original black alligator strap and pink gold folding clasp, making it a tempting one for the discerning collector.
For more information, please visit www.fellows.co.uk/3114-lot-165-EBEL-an-18ct-rose-gold-1911-Perpetual-Calendar-Triple-Date-chronograph-wrist-watch-42mm
During WWII, A. Lange & Söhne was among the five brands that made pilot watches for the German air force, or Luftwaffe, the others being IWC, Wempe, Stowa, and Laco.
Given the current status and collection of A. Lange & Söhne, their pilot watches are fascinating as they tell a unique part of history. The watch up for auction is a so-called B-Uhr, meaning that the minute markers are prominently placed on the outer ring of the dial, with the smaller hours in the middle. At a diameter of 55mm, it is not exactly a wristwatch, as pilots wore it around their legs when flying. With an estimate of 4.000 – 6.000 pounds, and a beautiful patina, this A. Lange & Söhne is going to become a prized possession in somebodies collection.
For more information, please visit www.fellows.co.uk/3114-lot-183-A-LANGE-SOHNE-a-steel-cased-WW2-German-military-issue-pilot-watch-head-55mm
Forget the Pasha, Santos, or even the Tank, the Tonneau is Cartier’s most beautiful design. It has a vintage appeal that still looks classy with its clean lines and thin lugs.
What makes this particular one at Fellows even better is that it is actually vintage. The dial is signed ‘Paris,’ which means that it was sold at the 13, Rue de la Paix in Paris, when Cartier was still a family firm with three boutiques, the others being in London and New York. Unfortunately, the watch has a too small strap, but that’s easily replaced. Good news is that the original folding buckle also comes with the watch, making it the perfect time capsule. Given that, the estimate of 3.500 – 5.500 Pounds is rather modest.
For more information, please visit www.fellows.co.uk/3114-lot-26-CARTIER-a-yellow-metal-Tonneau-wrist-watch-26x39mm
This rectangular Jaeger-LeCoultre is not a Reverso but part of a series of 600 watches marking the 150th anniversary of the brand in 1983.
It is a charming full-calendar watch with a pointer date and a beautiful moon phase window. Its case is made from yellow gold, giving this Jaeger-LeCoultre that old-school luxury feel. Under the closed caseback ticks caliber 486, which is manual wound with a quick set date. There is also somewhat of a mystery, as this particular watch is numbered 000/600. This might make it a prototype and, therefore, even more desirable. For the estimate of 3.500 – 4.500 Pounds, it is worth a shot, as the watch itself is most certainly worthy of the price.
For more information, please visit www.fellows.co.uk/3114-lot-52-JAEGER-LECOULTRE-an-18ct-yellow-gold-Serie-Unique-triple-calendar-moonphase-wrist-watch-24mm
The Doppelchronograph is an exciting part of IWC’s history, as this complication was developed by Richard Habring to be fitted on the famous Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph.
Habring tested the prototypes in his kitchen, immediately giving you inspiration on what to do when you possibly win the auction for this Pilot’s Watch Doppelchronograph. What makes this IWC even more interesting is its black ceramic case. The brand was one of the innovators of this material in watchmaking, so it is a fitting tribute to its history. It is not a small watch with a diameter of 44mm, but the black color theme gives it a stealthy look. The estimate is 3.500 – 4.500,-
For more information, please visit www.fellows.co.uk/3114-lot-43-IWC-a-ceramic-Big-Pilot-Double-Chronograph-wrist-watch-44mm
Longines is one of my favorite brands, and one of the reasons for that is its ridiculously rich history.
Just look at this stunning vintage chronograph with beautiful lugs, charming dial, and just the right amount of patina. Even the size is perfect, measuring 37mm in diameter. The case is in yellow gold, and inside we find a treat, as the watch is powered by caliber 30CH. This manual-wind flyback chronograph movement with a column wheel debuted in 1947 and was produced until the 1970s. It is one of the most desirable chronograph movements out there, and this Longines also offers the perfect packaging for it. A very tempting offer, and I am curious at what price the hammer comes down, as the estimate of 3.400 – 4.400 Pounds sounds conservative.
The Luxury Watch is already online and ends on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 10:00 am UK time.
For more information, please visit www.fellows.co.uk/the-luxury-watch-sale/2022-11-28